In a press release today, EA revealed that the recently released Dead Space 3 demo has hit almost 2 million downloads across the board, which was reported to be a 10% increase from the Dead Space 2 demo

It also went on to say that the new demo has see more than 100,000 mentions across social media, and earned close to 90,000 new “likes” on Facebook, bringing the total Dead Space community on Facebook to 1.4 million which is impressive by anyone’s standard.

Even before the demo was released, critics were putting it in the ‘Best of 2013′ list and judging by the demo, you’ll be able to see why. You can checkout the demo gameplay below:

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Dead Space 3 pits player character Isaac Clarke against the Necromorphs, human corpses reanimated by the signal of a Marker, which fans of the series will be familiar with. The Resource Integration Gear (RIG) suit also returns, using holographic displays projected from the players’ suit and weapons to display health and ammo count, respectively. In vacuum areas a timer will appear on the player’s right shoulder, indicating how much oxygen that character has left before they suffocate.

In Dead Space 3, Isaac and newcomer Sergeant John Carver can roll and take cover to avoid attacks. This new ability was described by a Visceral Games developer as essential, as it “felt terrible not to have it” and that they have been “making Isaac more responsive,”

Early sales indications show that the game is set to outdo both its predecessors with Visceral Games hoping that this time it will break the 5 million sales barrier. After seeing Dead Space 2 selling twice as many copies as the original things are looking good for the series, lets just hope Visceral can pull it off with Dead Space 3.

Dead Space 3 launches in North American on the 5th February and sees UK launch on the 8th.